I love to share the basics of tech to show what you can get done quickly and easily with tablets(like the iPad), smart phones and PCs from the point of view of someone who has vision difficulties as I am legally blind. I avoid "geek speak" as I share the great things you can get done with new technology. It is more important to get things done with tech than the tech itself.
Interesting enough, kids can pick up an iPad and start using it right away. It seems like the two fit hand and glove. Two of my grand sons (ages 5 and 6, soon to be 7) love to play on my iPad. It's now one of the first things they say when they come over..."Grandpa, can we play the iPad?" I say sure and they are thoroughly immersed for a good 30 minutes.
Here are some of the apps they love.
They seem to go to GarageBand first. This iPad app is a bit expensive at $9.99 but they just love it. GarageBand allows one to choose an instrument like piano, drums, guitar or violin and play single notes or strum chords. What gives them the giggles is the ability to record their voice and then hit notes and listen to their voice go higher or lower depending on which note they touch. I giggle too.
BalloonDarts (FREE) is another fun app. It is the throw a dart at the rising balloon and get it to pop. Some hand eye coordination but they get it just fine.
The last one I have is Spell Animals (FREE). Just spell the animal they see and have some fun. They loose interesting in this one fast but they keep playing.
So the next time your iPad and grand kids are together, let them give the iPad a try.